OS X Mavericks, Photoshop cc 2014, 2011 core i7 3.4 imac with 32GB ram, 256GB ssd scratch disk, 2GB video card.
See images for layers setup, etc., and for export settings. Each 'slide' is a jpeg under a MB placed as smart object. Each lower third is about 2 MB placed as smart object.
Render takes about 24 hours to complete. Why is this taking so long? I've tried this on other machines but they all take about the same time. Is there a better way to do this? Thanks, in advance, for your help!
How long are the video clips and I see on at least one you have added a camera raw smart filter. I do not know how a smart filter operates on a video clip. However if Photoshop need to renter a full frame for each video frame and filter each frame image with ACR then encode the frames into a mp4 video stream it could be a very time consuming process for nearly 170 thousand frames. Have you tried encoding the mp4 without using the ACR smart filter adjustment? You also do not show the Timeline palette.
JJMack, thanks! Great suggestions. I did a save as on the psd and rasterized all the smart objects. It REALLY speeds up the render so it's only about an hour and half on my Macbook Pro. Thanks, again!